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Holiday Tips for 2011

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Holiday Tips for 2011
 

The holidays are quickly approaching and this is a time of celebration, friends, family and of course lot’s of food!  I wanted to give you some trouble shooting ideas when entering these uncharted times.  You can use these tips for when you go to parties, family gatherings and whatever situation comes your way.  If you have other suggestions please let me know and I would love to incorporate them into the list. Enjoy, Wendy

  • Never go to a party hungry (if it is not a dinner party).  Eat something light and healthy before you go.  Drink a glass of water or low cal beverage before you eat.
  • Do not stand by the food table, this will cut down on mindless nibbling.
  • If at a party eat protein first!  Go for the meatballs, chicken skewers, shrimp ect. You may have a cocktail or two so remember you are drinking your carbohydrates so you do not want to eat more.
  • This foods have a lower glycemic index and this will help balance out your blood sugar.
  • Social gatherings are about relationships not the food.  Make a connection with someone you have not spoken with in a while.
  • If you like to bake goodies to give away maybe think of doing something different this year.  How about roasted nuts in a cute container, dry soup ingredients in a bag or the baking ingredients for a nut bread or cookies in a jar with a recipe.   Popcorn mixture can be fun and healthy.  Get creative!!
  • Stress may be high this time of year.  Use some of the techniques we spoke about and have a plan in place so when the stress arises you are ready.  (go for a walk the morning of a potentially stress full event, especially Thanksgiving morning).  The key is being prepared
  • Maintain your weight!  Do not try and lose weight at this time.  The average weight gain from Thanksgiving through New Years is 5-7 lbs.  Let’s not be the average.
  • Try some new healthier recipes when cooking this year.  Bring a healthy dish to gatherings.  You know there will be at least something healthy to eat.
  • Drink plenty of water to combat the alcohol or the salty foods.